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Tropical Depression 9 Upgraded to Tropical Storm Hermine

Gov. Rick Scott meets with Gainesville city officials at the Alachua County EOC in preparation for Tropical Storm Hermine. (Courtesy of Gov. Rick Scott)
Gov. Rick Scott meets with Gainesville city officials at the Alachua County EOC in preparation for Tropical Storm Hermine. (Courtesy of Gov. Rick Scott)

Gov. Rick Scott meets with Gainesville city officials at the Alachua County EOC in preparation for Tropical Storm Hermine. (Courtesy of Gov. Rick Scott)

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) upgraded Tropical Depression Nine to Tropical Storm Hermine, which is forecast to hit Florida’s vulnerable Big Bend area on Thursday. In anticipation of the upgrade and a further strengthening of the storm, Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued Executive Order 16-205 declaring a state of emergency in 42 counties.

“It is crucial that every Floridian has a plan in place to ensure their families, homes and businesses are fully prepared,” Gov. Scott said in a statement. “I have been closely monitoring this storm’s development and our emergency management officials have been working hard to make sure we are ready to respond to any potential impacts.”

A storm surge is the biggest threat to the coast, but heavy rain and flooding will plague inland areas such as Alachua County, Lafayette County and Levy County (read executive order for full list). The NHC said isolated tornadoes are also a possibility as the storm makes landfall. While the center of the storm is expected to hit land on Thursday night, heavy rains and flooding, storm surge, high winds and even tornadoes will proceed and precede the storm far away from the center crossing the coastline.

M: Major Hurricane – wind speed greater than 110 MPH

This graphic shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow). The orange circle indicates the current position of the center of the tropical cyclone. The black line, when selected, and dots show the National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast track of the center at the times indicated. The dot indicating the forecast center location will be black if the cyclone is forecast to be tropical and will be white with a black outline if the cyclone is forecast to be extratropical. If only an L is displayed, then the system is forecast to be a remnant low. The letter inside the dot indicates the NHC’s forecast intensity for that time:
D: Tropical Depression – wind speed less than 39 MPH
S: Tropical Storm – wind speed between 39 MPH and 73 MPH
H: Hurricane – wind speed between 74 MPH and 110 MPH
M: Major Hurricane – wind speed greater than 110 MPH

Gov. Scott encouraged Floridians to make their own plan at FLGetaPlan.com.

“By declaring a state of emergency in advance of this storm, we are ensuring that state, regional and local agencies can work together to meet the needs of our communities,” Gov. Scott added. “We will continue to do all we can to keep our families and visitors safe and informed as this storm approaches our state.”

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